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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Tilley4 on 10-20-2012

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with an enormous, rich brown head.

Smell- Smells predominantly of molasses, followed by ginger and some cinnamon, clove and maybe nutmeg.

Taste- Very deep taste; some cloves and dark roasted malts. I'm also getting a coffee grounds presence, and you can taste the alcohol toward the end.

Mouthfeel- Body is very thick; smooth with medium carbonation. A very filling and satisfying beer.

Overall- A very good beer, I'm glad I sought it out. A strong Wintertime beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 bomber from Rutherford Wine.

Ebony body topped by three fingers of light to medium tan foam.

Nose full of spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves - all come through clear.

Good roasty stout foundation manages to make its own impression and then stand up to the spices. Good English hop bite clears out the swallow.

Mouthfeel is halfway from medium to syrup, and carries everything well.

Not a beer I'd have on a regular basis, but an enjoyable annual Christmas cookie.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black like a room yet to be brightened by the lights of a Chirstmas tree. No light shines through, leaving little but darkness and a slight chalky tan head. That's an exceptionally dark beer.

I'm picking up very little on the nose - a muted and unrecognizable spice, with only a waft of sweetness. My sniffer's not broken, just not picking much up here.

The ginger, cinnamon and cloves come through just like you'd imagine - wafting of baked goods, but carrying with them a significant amount of alcohol. Comes through a little hot, spicy, followed by molasses and a bit of char.

Somewhat thin to begin, but follows by pounding the tongue with the seasonal spices, then quickly goes away to nearly nothing.

I was really looking forward to this one, but have been underwhelmed. It's just another stout with spice and poorly-hidden alcohol.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. Today is Christmas and I thought this would be a fitting new beer to try today, I like gingerbread and stouts so lets see how this combination goes. 2012 vintage Batch 1. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a tuliped snifter.

A- The label looks good and it fits the beer nicely. It poured a very dark brown color that was almost black and when held to the light it had a slight brown highlight to it with two and a half fingers worth of dark tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that faded away and it really didn't leave any lacing. This was a nice looking beer but I think the color could have been just a little darker with more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and some malts that impart some bready malt aromas that are a little roasted but it could use some more roasted aromas. After that comes the spices which stick out the most and impart some nutmeg, ginger and clove, the spices impart an aroma that is similar to a gingerbread cookie. Towards the end I get a slight coffee aroma. This beer had a good aroma, but I wish more stout aromas were there to balance out the spices.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by some bready and grainy malts that are a little toasted but could use some more roast to them. After that comes a slight molasses and coffee flavor followed by a large amount of spices that impart some nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger flavors with no one spice sticking out the most. On the finish there's a slight earthy flavor followed by a medium amount of bitterness and some sweet lightly roasted malts and spices on the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it needs some more rich and roasted flavors to balance out all those spices.

M- Smooth, silky, slightly creamy, and medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was alright but it could have been a little more thicker to give it more of a stout feel.

Overall I thought this beer was alright and I thought it was a slightly above average example of style, the spices really showed up in this beer and that made it a little unbalanced, it needs more stout flavors and aromas to bring some balance to this beer and make it more stout like. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, and the flavors held my attention, but I think one bomber is enough for me, after that the sweetness and spices might become too much. The alcohol was hidden very well, it's hard to believe this is 9%. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and it had some gingerbread like quality's to it. What I liked the least about this beer was how unbalanced it was, if this beer had more balance it would be pretty damn good. I would buy a bottle of this if it's released next year, but I don't think I will be going back to get another bottle for this season, the price was good and I recommend this to just about anyone. All in All this was another solid beer from Samuel Adams, it wasn't as great as I was hoping it would be but it was still pretty good, I just wish it had more Stout aspects to it. Good job guys, this is a nice Christmas time beer.

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Overall, this beer is fine and in general I'm enjoying these 500 ml bottles from Sam Adams, my biggest criticism is that this beer was WAY WAY too thin...a bigger body would have gone a long way with this beer, also there was a dryness to it that was unnecessary.

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer is dark brown, nearly black with a decent tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, clove and mild nutmeg spice.

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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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